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Knockgraffon All Age

Coursing Previews 2014/15

Knockgraffon All Age Cup

The annual meeting in Knockgraffon takes place this weekend in New Inn. A very prestigious event is the Knockgraffon cup and has interested several fancied dogs. Gleanlea Sonny performed heroics last year for connections and little did they think they would be in the top 16 dogs (Champion Stakes) in the country when they were victorious in a duffer stake in Cashel. He ran in Cashel this year and will fancy his chances of back to back Knockgraffon cups. He meets the speedy Cracking Jet in the opening round. A dog who is every slippers nightmare, he has been kept busy this year without much success. Kilbreedy Rock is a very interesting runner. Touted as a TS winner after running up to Droopys Newman in Crohane last year, he ran with credit in Cashel this year losing out to Cooga Darlan in the semi-final.
Kincormac Cian won a duffer event in Cashel this year and ran with credit in Nenagh 2 weeks ago. I fancy him to make the semi-final here to meet either Kilbreedy Rock or Gleanlea sonny. Other dogs to note in the top half include, Isle of Dreams and Father Flash. Isle of Dream has yet to recapture the form that saw him claim the champion puppy stake in Tipperary last year while Father Flash won the all age in Liscannor at the opening weekend of the season.
The opening course of the second half will see the expected favourite Eastern Shore. This dog already heads the list for Champion stakes points and a r up or win here will defiantly be enough to see him through to Clonmel. He meets the Matthews owned and trained City Leader. A fast pup he has not run since Kilflynn so all might not have been well with him. He will surely give the favourite a good buckle but I expect Eastern Shore to be too strong. Go Conquer returns to his TS win scene and will be well forward for the event. He is owned by the coalition synd. And trained by Owen Mc Kenna. He was withdrawn from Waterford last month but one expects this has been his target all year. He should win his opening round to set up a thrilling course with Eastern Shore. Other dogs to note in the bottom half include Tynwald Ash. He was a very fast puppy and the pipe opener last week will have him ready. He is trained by the trainer of the moment Mike O Donovan who can’t seem to stop winning. In my opinion the winner of the bottom half will win this cup and collect 4 valuable champion stakes point. Slight preference is for the inform Eastern Shore

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